Jobs figures make good reading

Today we got some more encouraging news which shows the county is maintaining a near full employment rate. This proves our work to build a strong economy and create more better paid jobs is paying off.

The figures show that in Staffordshire just two per cent of the local population are claiming out-of-work benefits. This is lower than both regional (3.7 per cent) and national (2.8 per cent) figures.

Regular readers will know that building a strong local economy with plenty of skilled jobs is one of the best ways of making Staffordshire a great place to live and work. And to achieve this, our work with our Local Enterprise Partnership  and local councils continues at pace.

We continue to have a good story to tell and plenty to shout about. Across the LEP area since 2011, 58,000 jobs have been created. In the same period of time wages have risen by 13.5 per cent and during 2017/18 there were a total of 2,750 apprenticeships in place across the county.

Just as important as creating the higher skilled jobs, it’s also vital that people have the skills to take them on. This means our work with the LEP’s advanced manufacturing and engineering skills hubs, local colleges and training providers remains key too. Good jobs comes hand in hand with having good skills.

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